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Kirkuk exports resume in political test run

Federal Iraq crude flow through Kurdistan's export pipeline to Ceyhan has started again, in a bid to appease Washington and increase revenues.
A tanker loads crude at the Turkish port of Ceyhan, May 2015. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - Iraq's federal government has begun exporting oil through the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) pipeline to Turkey, under a temporary political agreement that could eventually add over 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) to the country's overall exports.

The Oil Ministry announced Friday that it reached a "preliminary agreement to resume crude exports from Kirkuk fields through Kurdistan's pipeline to the Ceyhan port." In the statement, ministry spokesperson Assem Jihad said the agreement sets an initial pipeline flows target of between 50,000 and 100,000 bpd, "and this amount will be exported and marketed through SOMO."

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